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ok guys, i need to upgrade my current router to something a little more modern. i have a cisco RV082 and it is nice just starting to act weird and i think it is failing.

i bought a Asus N66U but it cant seem to keep up with what i need. i have 4 PCs, 2 or more laptops, 2 each of Wii/PS3/360, several phones and tablets.... needless to say i really need something made for a small office. not looking for any VPN or fancy stuff like that i just need something that wont overheat and die like most of the home stuff does with that much traffic on it in the GA heat (think 35C+ ambient).

i tend to host a few lan parties a year and need something that can deal with 30~40 connections at once all gaming and dual WAN would be a big plus since i can always get something to bring another cable modem over and really make things fly. Cisco has a newer version of my current router with gigabit ports and updated goodies but with the current buyout on the low end stuff i dont know how future support will work.

open to all ideas under 400 bucks
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post #2 of 11
I would say that if you are just looking for something that lets you connect many computers I bought a 16 port switch that handles things quite nicely but there if no reason that router shouldnt keep up with your load.
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If dual WAN is a must, then get newer Cisco router. D-Link DSR-500 is also dual WAN, but im not a fan of D-Link.

There is also a Draytek Vigor 2920n, dual WAN and Dual Wifi, but it has poor wifi through output.


The asus router that you bought, can handle over 30,000 simulations connections. If you having issues, then see if there is a firmware update. Or you simply got a bad router.


At the end of the day, you need to decide if Wifi is a must with dual WAN. If it is, then get a dual WAN router for lan, and use Asus router for Wifi only. Or return Asus router and get a cheaper Wifi router from T-Plink to keep the cost down.

Also check out DrayTek website, they have bunch of dual wan routers with wifi.

http://www.draytek.com/index.php?lang=en

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Edited by KGB7 - 2/12/13 at 8:35pm
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The new Asus isn't keeping up with your needs?? That new N66 is one of the fastest on the market(Consumer). Are you sure you had it set up properly? Even a cheap Netgear, like the one setup in my home keeps up with 8+ connections at all times....and it was a 75 dollar router. tongue.gif Good luck buddy thumb.gif
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i think it might be the heat getting to the router. it gets super hot here in the summer. i will try to update the firmware on it and see what it does. wireless is no big deal as i just use APs all over the property (9 acres with several buildings) but the ability to have dual wan is a nice one. i have thought about maybe even trying to use pfsense but i dont know if i am up for it. i will update the firmware on my asus and give it a go but it has already been replaced once and i have only had it 6 months.

thanks for the suggestions and it looks like i will just stick with my cisco stuff if the asus doesnt cut it. the new RV line has gigabit and some newer features but one bad thing i have noticed about my current RV082 is i cannot block DNS traffic. it simply will not allow it. i wanted to block all dns out, route all dns to my server and then have the server set as DMZ so it can be the only thing looking up pages to keep people from doing things they shouldnt.
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The new Asus isn't keeping up with your needs?? That new N66 is one of the fastest on the market(Consumer). Are you sure you had it set up properly? Even a cheap Netgear, like the one setup in my home keeps up with 8+ connections at all times....and it was a 75 dollar router. tongue.gif Good luck buddy thumb.gif

Agreed, either the router is faulty or something else is causing issues. You really won't find a better router, and 'business' routers won't perform any better, just provide more features which you probably won't ues. Perhaps try install DD-WRT on it and see if it makes a difference.

If you think heat is an issue, its possible to attach a small fan onto the router, but usually routers don't over heat.

As for the lan party, I would recommend a separate switch, but I just googled prices and had no idea they were so expensive. Ask around to see if maybe some of your friends have access to a switch they can borrow. Thats what happens at my lan parties at least.
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i have a 16 port switch in the room with the router, an older 2950 XL switch in the front room and a 48 port linksys switch sitting around if needed. i doubt i will need more ports biggrin.gif i just need something that can take all that traffic and not crash and burn. i think i might need to do something with my asus because it gets really hot. the last one just stopped working one day. the thing is physically hot to touch, think heating pad hot, does that sound ok?
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i have a 16 port switch in the room with the router, an older 2950 XL switch in the front room and a 48 port linksys switch sitting around if needed. i doubt i will need more ports biggrin.gif i just need something that can take all that traffic and not crash and burn. i think i might need to do something with my asus because it gets really hot. the last one just stopped working one day. the thing is physically hot to touch, think heating pad hot, does that sound ok?

No that doesn't sound good, I also own one but it runs cooly, granted I live in the Netherlands though...



If you feel like voiding your warranty you can try something like that, but maybe someone else knows a better method.


Some googling shows that other people also have overheating issues. While it is a great router, perhaps it is not suited to hot climates.

You should be able to see the heat here: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_PerformanceTuning_Content.asp

For reference, mine runs at 48C with no problems.
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well i give up on the asus, i cant get it to stay running long enough to update the firmware and it wont even connect to the net so back to my trustly old WL520GC from asus (that was 15 bucks 3 years ago refurbed...) that has never let me down unlike this one i paid never 200 bucks for. this is the worst thing i have seen in a while... going to send it in for RMA one more time then sell it i guess.

so moving along, anyone got a good reason to talk me out of one of the newer cisco RV series?
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Why not just build a pfsense box? You can get really powerful H/W for the price range your looking for with loads of performance.

I have had a Pentium 4 with 100megabit links going through 50KPPS Packet Storms no problem and couple thousand connections at that time.

I can imagine with even a Core i3 it would destroy a Consumer grade Router.
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